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Learning in Public: Part 3

This is a critical post about performing. I take you inside my mind to illustrate the good and the challenges of performance. Going from the practice room to the public platform is something that all musicians do. In school, at university, or with a teacher this is something that is trained into you and facilitated. There is performance class, there are opportunities to ‘air’ the music first, but what happens when you leave that environment and are on your own? Do you keep it going? Do you still push yourself? Few graduating musicians are likely to play the same concerti they prepared for their final recitals as recital material and certainly not as regular ‘gig’ material. And what of the learning opportunities? When you leave your teacher’s studio, there are no more regular performance classes, and depending on what you do there may not be any peers to play for….unless you create the opportunities. This is the story of the opportunity I created, my thought processes, and the results. I’m learning in public. (Featured image CC-BY-NC by C Steele) Read more

Learning in Public: Part 2

This is the second post about performing… I had the pleasure of performing with one of my children. A couple of weeks ago I said to my daughter, ‘wouldn’t it be great if you learned the accompaniment forĀ The Swan? -and you could play it with me?’ -my daughter plays the harp. Much to my surprise she said yes!!

This was something new for her to accompany someone, and I didn’t give her very long to learn the piece, and psychologically I was far more worried about making sure she was ok in the performance than I was. I said that no matter what I would follow her – catch her if anything went wrong. I was the one who slipped, and it was when I was worrying that she was ok. I never anticipated the added factor of the psychological impact of playing with one of your children – I learned something new for sure. She did great. I think every cellist should have an in-house harpist.


Live performance

People have asked when I would post some performances… Here you are! This is a live performance of Gabriel’s Oboe played by me, on cello, Ian East, sax, and the Addison Jazz Choir, led by Jill Jarman. It was recorded in a concert. The piece was composed by Ennio Morriconie and was the theme of the filmĀ The Mission. I came across this recording and was pleased to have permission to post it.

I think there is a sense that all musicians wait until something is completely perfect to post or share it… that brings in a lot of fear and also would kind of stop most people sharing most things they play. I decided to posted this, and will work to record more things in the future and post them too.